Contact: Abigail Fota, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


New Exhibit by Stephen Spretnjak Explores Time, Movement and Space in the Artist's Conceptual World

Allentown, PA (January 20, 2004) - Over one hundred pieces of Stephen Spretnjak's photographs, drawings and poems will be on display in an exhibition entitled, "Poetic Investigations" Documents on Paper (1984-2004) in the Cressman Library Gallery. The exhibit opens February 11, 2004 with an artist talk at 3:00 p.m.

"My art-making is an investigation into those sudden, unexpected and vivid moments of awareness in which an observation of the everyday world transforms into the extraordinary," says Spretnjak. "Time, movement and space are perceived in a phenomena of alternating layers. These encounters allow for a suspension between what is real and what is being revealed."

Spretnjak collects information on paper, forming collages of written poetic text, drawings, photographs, found objects and items clipped from media sources. He pins the pages to the wall in large grids in order to create a journal-like reading. The artist selects a theme and pairs it with a suitable exhibition location.

"Within the space, I create an arena for the viewer to move through and experience the projected actuality," says Spretnjak. His installations often incorporate areas that are not typically utilized - hallways, window wells, floors, elevators, architectural niches, building facades and city sidewalks.

Spretnjak received a B.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a M.F.A. from Louisiana State University. He resides and works in New York City where his works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art Library and The New Museum of Conemporary Art. He has received grants and fellowships from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, The Edward Albee Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

The exhibit will run from February 11, 2004 through May 28, 2004 and is free and open to the public. The gallery is open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. For more information, please contact Erin Goga, Gallery Coordinator, at 610-606-4666, ext. 3649.

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Abigail Fota
College Relations Associate - Media


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